President Ahmadinejad of the Islamic Republic of Iran speaking at the World Conference Against Racism Durban Review II in Geneva. The racist states walked out during his address. The majority stayed and cheered his remarks., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Gun barrels don't bring peace: Iran
Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:27PM GMT
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly's 66th annual session in New York on September 22, 2011
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has lambasted the world's bullying powers for taking the liberty of infringing on the rights of other nations.
Delivering an address to the UN General Assembly's 66th annual session in New York on Thursday, Ahmadinejad said the bullying powers “seek their progress, affluence, and esteem in destruction, poverty, and humiliation of others.”
“[They] consider themselves superior to others and entitled to special and exclusive advantages and do not accord any value or right to others and allow themselves to tread upon the rights of all nations and governments,” he said.
The president said such human values as peace, justice, and freedom were not to be achieved through military intervention.
“These values will be achieved under the auspices of independence and acceptance of mutual rights and empathy and cooperation not through dependence on the current unrighteous world management or arrogant powers' intervention or through the barrels of the [US-led military alliance of] NATO's guns,” he asserted.
Ahmadinejad further called for fundamental reformation in the structure of the United Nations as well as change in its member states.
He said, “The same slave owners and colonialists and causers of the First and Second World Wars and the disorder, which followed those (the hostilities), have to date, through changing their faces, seized control of the [UN] Security Council and the world's main economic and political centers.”
“We should not allow the UN to come further down from its main stance namely the place of the realization of the collective will of the nations and change into a tool for the world powers,” the president asserted.
Describing the composition of the UN as 'unjust,' the Iranian chief executive called it an 'essential and fundamental necessity' that the world body is reformed and deemed the task to be incumbent on the General Assembly.
Ahmadinejad said all nations were entitled to 'joint management,' urging all the attendees to defend the notion as the representatives of their respective nations.
He also criticized the US for killing Osama Bin Laden instead of trying him as a means of shedding more light on the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
“Should not, through open trial of the prime suspect, have the elements providing the secure atmosphere for the invasive aircraft ['s attacks] on the [Twin] Towers [of the World Trade Center] been identified and introduced?” he questioned.
Elsewhere in his speech, the president said nations had started to awaken across the Muslim world, Asia, Europe, and the United States 'now more than any other time.' He said justice- and freedom-seeking developments were expanding in scope day by day, calling this a herald of 'a brighter future.'